39 Service Battalion

Unit Information

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CONCORDIA VICTRIX
A Good Spirit Conquers

39 Service Battalion is a reserve service battalion of 39 Canadian Brigade Group garrisoned in Richmond and Victoria, B.C. It provides logistical support such as transportation, supplies, repairs, and personnel  to the rest of the 3rd Canadian Division units located in British Columbia. 

39 Service Battalion was stood up on April 1, 2010 and amalgamated 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion and 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion.

Join Our Unit

We train on Wednesday nights 7- 10 pm. 39 CBG is the largest Army formation in British Columbia with 11 units throughout the province. We are actively recruiting  non-commissioned members with technical interests to fill part-time positions:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • Must be a least 17 years of age (and have parental consent)
  • Must have a minimum Grade 10 education (or higher depending on entry plan)

For further information about fulltime and part-time employment opportunities with the Canadian Armed Forces go to Forces.ca, or contact a 39 CBG unit recruiter directly at:

  • Victoria - 250-363-8337
  • Richmond - 604-238-2325

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel R. Alolega
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer W. Greeley

Honorary Colonel

Honorary Colonel Steven Point

History

Prior to 2010, 39 CBG, the headquarters responsible for all Primary Reserve units in the province of British Columbia, had two service battalions under its chain of command. They were 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion and 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion. They amalgamated into the two companies, 11 (Victoria) Service Company and 12 (Vancouver) Service Company, that make up 39 Service  Battalion, providing critical logistical support to Army Reserve units within 3rd Canadian Division. Established in 1965 at Jericho Park in Vancouver, 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion brought together a collection of independent supply, transport, maintenance and administration elements into a single unit.  In a similar fashion, 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion was created in 1970.  While 39 Service Battalion is a very recent addition to the order of battle, the history of army reserve service units extends back to the very early days shortly after the foundation of both Victoria and Vancouver.

Operational History

39 Service Battalion and its ancestors do not have an operational history.  However, unit members formed a number of organizations serving in both World Wars and continue to serve in peacekeeping and other operations of the Canadian Forces into the 21st century.  The battalion continues in the tradition it has always had – provide the best support to the units of 39 Canadian Brigade Group that can be achieved whether for military operations or domestic emergencies. This includes ensuring the provision of all necessary equipment and supplies from boots to bullets and gasoline to groceries. The trucks of the battalion deliver all of this as well as transporting soldiers to where they need to be.  In addition, battalion maintainers (mechanics) work on the vehicles and weapons of the Brigade to ensure they are in the best working condition. Finally, the cooks prepare the meals needed to sustain all the soldiers.

Today, the service battalion continues its tradition of service to Canada through the generation of reserve combat service support soldiers that augment Canadian Battle Groups overseas, and support civilian authorities during times of domestic emergency and security.

Equipment

The equipment we use is:10 ton Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW): Recovery, Cargo, and Troop Carrying variants, 8 ton Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS): Multiple variants.  For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

  • 39 Service Battalion, 11 Company
    Lieutenant-General EC Ashton Armoury
    724 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria, BC
    V8Z 3B5
  • 39 Service Battalion,12 Company
    The Sherman Armoury
    5500 No. 4 Road
    Richmond, BC
    V6X 3L5
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